Colnago C59 Italia Team Edition Voeckler KOM .

I picked this up a while back, it was hanging on an online auction for a while.

Colnago is bucking that trend and is offering 135 of Thomas Voeckler’s Colnago C59 Italia Team Edition frame decorated with polka dots. Why just 135? That’s to commemorate the points the Frenchman accumulate in the climber’s classification and secure him the overall prize as he rolled into Paris last Sunday.”

( source https://road.cc/content/news/62470-thomas-voecklers-polka-dot-colnago-c59-available-buy)

So, 1 / 135 makes it pretty rare !

Novo Eroica Prosecco Hills 2022

Rabobank Team Colnago Lux Dream CX

At the beginning of May, I flew to Venice to attend the Novo Eroica Prosecco Hills gravel ride. I took my Colnago Rabonbank Team Lux Dream CX , which I ‘gravel-ised’ with an XTR long cage mtb rear derailleur and a large ratio sprocket cassette.

I turned up at the start point the day before the ride, on Saturday, and was fortunate to bump into some friends .

Davide and Paolo ….

Davide organises the Cicli Eroica cycling club and said there was a club ride that afternoon, and I was welcome to attend . I didn’t bring any ride kit, so I got what I could at one of the event stalls and got ready to roll…

Colnago Rabobank Team Lux Dream CX

At the start of the ride I met a nice couple with some beautiful bikes, a Wilier Triestina made with Columbus MS , one of only two tube sets from Gilco Design…

Wilier Triestina Columbus MS

And a Grandis . An artisan brand from fair Verona, and where Mario Confente started out frame building…

Grandis of Verona

Fine features on the frame, I actually managed to find one myself later in the year…

So, we set off into the Prosecco hills ,

Eroica founder Sr Giancarlo Brocci

It was great to see Eroica founder Sr Giancarlo Brocci and have the honour of riding with him…

Sr Brocci, Novo Eroica Prosecco Hills 2022

Along the way my chain broke

When I got to a ride stop my photo was taken. When the chain broke, my hand were covered in oil. Not wishing to soil my new kit , I rubbed my hands on my face for a joke. At a later stop I managed to wash my face …

Novo Eroica Prosecco Hills 2022

Sunday was the main ride, which was through some stunning scenery…

Novo Eroica Prosecco Hills 2022

I look forward to the next time!

Eroica Montalcino 2022

Eroica Montalcino 2022

I went to this at the end of May, and took this Eddy Merckx Professional circa 1982, with a Campagnolo Victory Eroica spec set up (compact type).

Eddy Merckx Professional 1982

It was good to bump into old friends, Eugenio Simoncini was in a bar so we had a Spritz…

E Simoncini

Eugenio is the third generation of his family working in the family company building artisan frames in Tuscany. This ribbed / ‘stellar’ tubed model he silver brazed and finished in cromovelato…

This was his own bike, for the long route, and with an ‘Eroica’ set up…

I also bumped into Libero Colombini , a heroic Eroica veteran , with 12 long route rides under his belt…

Eroica Montalcino 2022

I also bumped into Roberto, aka King Carube…

The Colnago stall was good, nice to see the guys. They were kind enough to give some lugs , and a Gilco tube…

The ride start on Sunday…

I chose the 150 km route, and 90 or so into it , I crashed on a gravel descent…

Eroica Montalcino 2022

I got up and carried on, until I came by a man in a van on the road, who was kind enough to put what bandages he had on the wound. Then I carried on to the finish line…

When I finished I got the wound dressed by a kind ambulance crew…

Eroica Montalcino 2022

The right side of the bars suffered a bit of gravel rash unfortunately, but I managed to polish out the brake lever scratches some time later…

My jersey handled the impact the most impressively. It was like nothing happened. I designed it as a Giro D’ Italia Maglia Rosa tribute, and it was made by 3M Caverni from Firenze. Available on pre-order…

Once I was bandaged up, I enjoyed the rest of the afternoon…

Eddy Merckx Professional circa 1982

I picked this up last summer . The Europe team rode these models in same block yellow, and they were listed in the catalog of the time

Eddy Merckx Professional 1982

I wanted it for L’Eroica, it had to be able to fight the good fight on the strada bianca and hills, so I opted for the Campagnolo Victory gruppo. The drive side has the smallest bcd, enabling a ‘compact’ type set up.

Silvio’s Cycled

I had the pleasure of meeting Silvio, the founder of Cycled ( https://cycledproject.com/ ), at two Eroica events. The Prosecco Hills gravel ride was the first, and he told me he’d spent quite a while living in London. Back in Italy, he started his circular economy business, crafting used bicycle tyres into belts and other accessories.

Eroica Britannia x Goodwood Revival 2021

I was lucky to be one of around 100 who managed to get a free 3 day pass for the inaugural Eroica Britannia x Goodwood Revival event back in September , 2021.

My good friend , cycling journo (Rouleur) and bike technician extraordinaire Rohan Dubash (a.k.a. Dr D) was also there , and it was good to ride with him. I took my ’85 Colnago Nuovo Mexico, and wore the S.I.R.C.C. maglia rosa jersey I made in collaboration with 3M Caverni, Firenze.

The U.K. organiser , Tim and head of social media, David, asked me if I’d like to join them on a recon ride on Saturday, of course I said yes. We were filmed for the events social media outlets…

https://fb.watch/bzCDzLTsG3/

https://www.goodwood.com/cycling/eroica-britannia/about-eroica/?fbclid=IwAR3hlwaYUuzmKbToNTtr1YX9oxojbAYOx6EvvDaeMX6gLGIaLf5IYAA4ViI

My mate Rohan and I also made the Goodwood page..

https://www.goodwood.com/cycling/eroica-britannia/

Tim made a wise choice partnering with Goodwood. The brand has a strong ‘mend and make do’ ethos, embracing sustainability.